Posted on October 22nd, 2018 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we are big fans of the educational books from Wide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto group. Nonfiction books for children have quite a job to do in drawing the reader away from the lure of Google. However, I may be old fashioned, but there is something special about a well illustrated book. The physical touch and feel is something Google can’t complete with. My kids may not always agree and would spend their life online given half a chance. I think our friends at Quarto understand what I am up against, and probably other parents too, and have introduced the 3rd book in an amazing “illumi” series Illuminatlas. Read on to discover what makes this book so different and inventive that even a hardened on line enthusiast will want to take a look. There is a chance to win your very own copy too.
Illuminatlas through 3 different lenses
The magic of this colourful informative book is in the colour lens. Read about the history, geography and animals of the world then see them pop out before your eyes. Study the world region by region and let your eyes adjust to the highlights through the lens. The construction of each illustration is so effective and absorbing you become quite immersed in each scene bring in the text to life.
The perfect Christmas gift
This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift. Let the quite discovery of this book take your child to a new level of understanding as the Christmas holidays unfold.
Need to Know
Illustrated by ||Carnovsky design studio|
284 x 346 x 16mm
|Publisher||Wide Eyed Editions, part of the Quarto Group|
|Stockists||Querto online, Wordery, Amazon, Blackwells|
Win your Illuminatlas with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If you have a tween too into their on line activities you’d like to encourage into a good educational nonfiction book this could be the answer. Follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy. Good luck to all taking part.
I was sent my copy of this atlas book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on October 8th, 2018 - Fiona
Owning a holiday business with self catering cottages and lodges, the kitchens need to be well equipped. There are two common issues we experience, one is bowls being broken and the other is knives going blunt. Every year we go round sharpening all the knives in all our properties and leaving a sharpener in the draw for use in between. When the chance came to review a new knife sharpener claiming to be “the world’s best” I was curious. Read on to find out what we thought about the Any Sharp Pro knife sharpener and how to win one yourself.
Any Sharp Pro – How it works
Any Sharp is a nifty little gadget that looks like it couldn’t possibly be up to the job; however there is some truth in the saying “good things come in small packages”. The suction pad sticks to a clean surface therefore leaving your hands free to safely sharpen. A 20 degree sharpening angle is designed especially to ensure just a few strong strokes will have your old knife razor sharp in seconds. Given the number of knives we have to sharpen this is a real positive.
There is a choice of colours in a shiny metallic finish so you never need be embarrassed about leaving your stylish sharpener out on display; on the contrary it feels a shame to have an Any Sharp Pro hiding in a kitchen draw! It comes with simple picture instructions inside the outer sleeve showing you exactly how to use your knife sharpener.
What we thought
We followed the instructions and found the Any Sharp Pro knife sharpener does indeed live up to its claims. It is so quick and simple as our little video demonstrates.
Now to go through 12 kitchens sharpening knives!
Need to Know
Use on||Most steel knifes, straight or wide serrated like a bread knife|
|Stockists||Amazon, Argos, Tesco direct, Asda, Robert Dyas|
|Colour Range||Brushed steel, brushed copper, brushed brass, sandblasted gun metal, polished wolfram, painted red and painted cream|
|Materials||All metal alloy body, rubber suction pad|
Win your Any Sharp Pro Knife Sharpener with Coombe Mill
If you fancy making light and safe work of knife sharpening with this stylish little sharpener, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Any Sharp Knife Sharpener
We were sent our Any Sharp Pro knife sharpener for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted on September 24th, 2018 - Fiona
We have been looking at some very grown up fine art pictures made beautifully simplistic and contextual for children in the new nonfiction book from Phaidon called My Art Book of LOVE. If you stop for a moment and think about how you might explain Love to a young child, it is really quite a challenge. That’s because Love can be a mix of emotions and senses. This clever book uses famous works of art through the ages to try to convey a true meaning of Love in a way children can understand. Read on to discover more and how you can win yourself a copy of the book.
Celebrate love in all its forms
My Art Book of LOVE takes the reader on an illustrative journey to explore the concept of Love. Through famous artists love is made relatable in the book. Each section begins with a different way to think of love such as Love is…. love feels ….. Love looks like, love makes you….. There are 35 artworks used and each shows its title and artist as well as how it helps explain love. From modern sculptures to paintings from Vincent van Gogh and Picasso all genres and forms are covered.
What we love
For a family with an artistic appreciation this book is a great way for children to be introduced to some great works of art. For those with a less cultural appreciation this clever book gives a real insight into what the artist might have been trying to portray as well as aptly suggesting the elements of love.
Need to know
Phaidon.com, wordery, Amazon,
3 – 6|
Size: 190 x 146 mm (7 1/2 x 5 3/4 in)
Pages: 48 pp
Illustrations: 34 illustrations
Win your copy of My Art Book of Love with Phaidon and Coombe Mill
For your chance to bring a rich awareness of Love to your little ones and an appreciation of fine art why not enter to win a copy of this beautiful book. Simply follow the instructions below.
My art Book of Love Giveaway
We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review. It is available for Coombe Mill holiday guests to borrow from the Games Room book shelves. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted on September 17th, 2018 - Fiona
You have to love a good story with a real moral behind it. Lincoln Children’s Books, part of the quarto Group, have brought a real tear jerker to market with the Bear, the Piano, the dog and the Fiddle. Written by David Litchfield, this book is a follow up to his award winning book, the Bear and the Piano. If ever there was a case for true friendship lasting the test of time then this story is it. A dear story, a fun plot and a real test of friendship that children and parents will adore. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.
Friendship is put to the test when the old fiddle player feels his moment to make it big time in music has passed him by in favour of a rather famous bear. However his little dog has a trick up his sleeve. The Fiddler is astounded at his little dog but also feels a pang of jealousy and doesn’t always do or say the right thing. However they are best of friends, and in the end friends look out for each other, even if years have passed in between.
What we thought.
We loved the storytelling with the special bond between the Fiddler and his dog. The story is backed with beautiful and numerous illustrations throughout to lead you through each scene and is the perfect length for a bedtime story with a happy ending and a morale tale.
Need to Know
Hardback, 40 Pages|
|Size:||8.661 in x 11.811 in / 220 mm x 300 mm|
|Published||September 6, 2018 by Quarto Knows|
|Stockists||Quarto Online, Amazon, Wordery, Waterstones|
Win your copy of The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle
For your chance to win this heart warming tale, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part
The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle Book Giveaway
We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review. Out copy can be found in the Coombe Mill games room library for our holiday guests to borrow. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
Posted on September 3rd, 2018 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we strive to provide holidays where learning and fun are combined. Children love to drive the tractor with farmer Nick, feed the animals and learn about their habitat, care and life cycle in the process. Our friends at Orchard Toys have the same ethos of striving to balance education and fun in their cleverly designed toys. We are lucky enough to have been sent one of their latest puzzles to review. World Map giant Jigsaw Puzzle is a beautiful bright and colourful map with plenty of visual picture fun as well as being packed with geographical facts.
More about World Map Giant Jigsaw and Poster.
Each continent is colour coded making it easy to gather jigsaw pieces together. Pictures on the continents show significant buildings, animals and national dress. Our alpaca are shown in South America while an Eskimo and igloo are up in the top of North America. Penguins huddle on the shores of Antarctica while the famous Royal Opera house of Sydney dominates Australia along with Bruce our Coombe Mill Wallaby. Even the tropics are labelled and marked as well as the seas, oceans and countries.
What we love.
We see this jigsaw as really engaging way to help kids get ahead in Geography and science at school developing a good understanding of our planet and where people foods and animals come from. My 14 year old confessed to learning a thing or two about where countries were completing the jigsaw, though it is actually intended for age 5 – 10. As with all Orchard toys jigsaws the pieces slot together easily but take some dexterity and concentration to spot the right shapes and colours and turn them the correct way round.
Support learning with a wall poster.
Keep the world map puzzle learning fresh with a giant matching wall poster. Great ways to ensure kids really know countries within continents and the seas from the oceans.
Need to Know.
Suitable for Age||5 – 10|
|Available from||Orchard Toys Online, Amazon, Argos|
|Puzzle Size||88 x 61cm|
|Poster Size||96 x 68cm|
- Encourages Discussion
- Develops Hand Eye Coordination
- Develops Knowledge and Understanding
- Encourages Observational Skills
Win your world map Giant Jigsaw Puzzle and Poster
For your chance to win this educational puzzle from Orchard Toys with us simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Orchard Toys Giant World Map Jigsaw Puzzle and Poster
We were sent our world Map giant jigsaw and poster for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on the product are my own. Our puzzle is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill games room for our holiday makers.
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